Hearts boss John McGlynn would not be surprised if players left the financially troubled club in January.
"The wage bill was halved in the summer but it is still an issue and a problem," he said. "It may well be that players get interest and we get bids.
"It would be very good to keep every player until the end of the season but the most important thing is that the club survives.
"We want to stay competitive but it's a balancing act."
The Edinburgh outfit were issued with a winding up order over an unpaid tax bill of close to £450,000 but have since agreed an extension with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
Despite the dire straits, McGlynn does not expect to lose any of his first-team regulars on the cheap.
"It's a difficult situation but the club has done very well with selling players on in the past," he said.